Pupils at Bourn Primary
Every Christmas, Members of Parliament send cards to their constituents and their colleagues – including the Prime Minister! Would you like your design to appear on the front of that card? I am very keen this year to have a fantastic, festive local design but I need your help to create it! I am inviting all aspiring artists in primary schools across South Cambridgeshire constituency to please send in a Christmas card design and one of them will be chosen for the cover of this year’s card. Let your imagination run wild and design whatever you like. However, it would be great if your design could feature Parliament or the constituency in some way. Once we have received all the submissions, my staff and I will choose the winning design. I really look forward to seeing your designs. Good luck! Anthony Browne MP.
– Deadline for entries is 4pm on Friday 30th October 2020.
– There is no limit to the number of submissions from a school or class, but we do ask that there is only one entry per pupil.
– All Christmas card submissions must be sent via email, either as a scanned image or as a photograph, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Christmas Card Competition’ and including the child’s name, school and class.
– We will need a physical copy in order to have the winning entry printed onto cards so please hang onto your hard copies – we will be asking the winner to send theirs via post once the competition has closed.
– We do please ask that entries are not party-political.
Fancy Futsal? Cambridge Futsal Club are looking for boys and girls between 6-19 years of age to join their team! More information here.
Romsey Mill runs youth clubs for children with an autism diagnosis in mainstream schools, who are in year 5 and above. There are currently spaces available in the Cambourne group for Years 5 to 7 for both boys and girls. Find more information on the flyer here. There is also a referral form here if you are interested. Children going into Y5 or Y6 are welcome, as are any Y6 leavers.
Sustrans have a wealth of free resources to help you with fun ideas and inspiration to keep the children entertained and to bring education, health and well-being activities into their home during and beyond lockdown. There’s even a Family1KADay challenge! Check here for further information.
Cambridge Water has launched a Water Saving Competition for 5-7 year olds, and another for 8-11 year olds, where winners will receive a £30 book voucher. Please visit the link to find out more information about the competition, and poster guidance for each of the two age groups (Term and Conditions are also provided)
Every summer, thousands of children take part in the Summer Reading Challenge through their local library. This year, with normal library opening unlikely before September, children can take part in the ‘Silly Squad’ challenge online. It’s all about encouraging children to keep up their reading at home. The challenge is aimed at 4-11 year olds, but younger children are welcome to join too. Children can join here:
Parents/carers can go to: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/home-zone-src, for all the information they need about how your child can take part in the challenge and how the website works.
This year, the challenge will run from June to September. Children can keep track of the books they are reading on their own website profile and can find book recommendations, as well as activities, quizzes, videos and games to keep them entertained at home. They can read as many books as they like, but if they manage to read 6, they can download a certificate at the end of the challenge.
Library staff will be creating special craft activities, available on the Cambridgeshire Libraries Facebook page throughout the summer.
Families can join the library, borrow e-resources for children and adults (books, audio-books, comics and magazines) and see our timetable of online events here – https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-culture/libraries. Any updates to our offer, including news of reopening plans from the 6th July, will be posted here and on our Summer Reading Challenge webpage.
New for June
Cambridgeshire Constabulary CYP Team have produced a Safer Schools Newsletter, which you can read here for Key Stage 1 and here for Key Stage 2. They have also produced a wordsearch and some hints on how to choose safe passwords.
Calling all codebreakers! If you choose to accept it, your mission begins on the 1st July and is a virtual codebreaking challenge called Operation Bletchley. For further information, visit the FAQ page here or you can email them at email@example.com, or call on 0207 811 3967. If you wish to register ahead of the mission launch, visit: operationbletchley.soldierscharity.org Any money you choose to raise will go towards supporting soldiers, veterans, and their families in need through the British Army’s National Charity – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
Cycling has been a great release for many families during the pandemic and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy cycling with the family and celebrate by taking part in the Bike Week festivities between 6-14 June. It’s your chance to celebrate all that’s great about cycling. The latest Government rules say although we have to maintain our social distancing and be at home where we can, unlimited exercise is now permitted.To help keep families active during this time Cambridgeshire Road Safety Officers are promoting Cycling UK’s free Bike Week resource pack with indoor and outdoor activities you can do as a family. From cooking to colouring, to bike challenges, it’s got it all.
Half Term Fun
If your child a fan of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s wonderful picture books, you can download a range of home learning activity packs to complete as your read the books from here.
Calling all budding illustrators! JK Rowling is publishing a new book online, for free. The first couple of chapters are up already and she’s posting a new chapter each weekday! She would also like children to illustrate it – you can post your illustrations to her Twitter account and she will choose which ones to include when she publishes in print in November! Get scribbling!
Ideas for May!
The Home Learning Hub is a free website for all users, without sign-in or subscription. You will find pages for different subject areas and resources for children aged 4-11. There is a wonderful range of free activities, challenges and projects for children to try at home. There are also guides for parents to support home-schooling and daily routines. The website is frequently updated too!
Free Science Virtual School Trip!
Cambridge Science Centre is providing a free science virtual school trip to all schools. We can have access to one of its shows for one week only. You can watch it at any time for free, as many times as you like during this period. It is suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils, and lasts for 25 minutes. The date that we will have access to the show starts from Monday 11th May and will end on midnight on Sunday 17th May. Parents will be sent a website link and a password 11th May. Click on the Open Up Science tab on the left for access to Open Up Science Magazines.
The British Red Cross have put together some excellent resources for these strange times. They have created a series of activities to build resilience and promote and celebrate kindness. The activities are fully resourced with links to engaging videos, creative ideas and real-life stories. The show we
Inspiration for April!
If you’re looking for something new to read, check out this book put together by Katherine Rundell with contributions from lots of current famous children’s authors.
Mind Travels Writing Competitions. Writing competitions for Primary and Secondary pupils – new competitions every 2 weeks until mid July! Get scribbling!
The Fiver Challenge is a 4-week National Enterprise Challenge for children (aged from 5-11) to develop an enterprising mindset and understanding of finance. To support homelearning, they have developed the FiverfromHome project – this is a fun way for children to imagine what business they could create with just £5!
Learning through Landscapes is a wonderful website with absolutely tons of ideas how to encourage children and young people to connect with nature, become more active, learn outdoors and have fun.
If you’re more creative and a budding animator, Jim Parkyn, who has worked with Aardman (think Wallace and Gromit amongst others) is doing daily clay workshops to make little models in clay/plasticine. See his videos here.
If you’re more sporty, you may be interested in #This Is P.E. which are short 2 minute videos delivered by teachers focussing on the PE curriculum. These have been commissioned by the Association for Physical Education and Youth Sport Trust to support parents to teach PE at home. There are also Change4Life activities available for chidren and young people with disabilities and Sensory Circuits and P.E. Challenges available here.
Strengthening Minds – Strengthening Minds, a London-based organisation that supports the wellbeing of children and their families has created an excellent resource called The Strengthening Minds Guide to Staying Home… In Style. This free, downloadable activity pack contains information, games and activities, for families, children, teenagers and there’s a section on mindfulness and wellbeing. It’s definitely worth checking out. Download it from the here.
Nuffield Health – Keeping a journal and doing daily exercise can help us to look after our wellbeing. You can download a free Wellbeing Journal and take part in some 15-minute exercises, created by Nuffield Health.
Get out into the garden and see what you can find!
Spread the Happiness – Singing and dancing are also a great way to help us feel happy. Spread The Happiness have shared their Nursery Rhymes and Dough Disco videos for free, here.
Arts and Crafts
This project challenges you to create a town of your own design. You can build your town of out whatever you have available and can win an iPad for school!
The producers of the West End production of The Wind in the Willows will stream the star-studded show online for free, though ask for a small donation that will be given to theatre charities. You could create posters, tickets and set up your lounge as a theatre! Get the popcorn ready!
A huge range of audio stories, videos, music and abridged classics for all age groups.
Mo Willems, the Brooklyn-based artist and author of much-loved stories like Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny, and all the adventures of Elephant and Piggie is teaching a lunchtime art class on YouTube. Get your pencils and pens at the ready!
Hear stories read by authors and celebrities!
Try your hand at designing and making a Lego structure every day for 30 days!
Sports and Dance
Masses of movement and mindfulness videos – dance routines, competitions and exercise. A great way of keeping fit and improving your dance moves!
Yoga and mindfulness – a calmer way of keeping physically and mentally fit.
Start your day with an energetic P.E. session with Joe Wicks. 9 a.m. classes every weekday.
Science, Nature, Humanities
The Fitz Learning Team have been devising a series of activities based on museum objects that encourage children and families to look, think and be creative together. Click on the link for some Fitzwilliam-based fun!
Try your hand at these recipes and cooking ideas and simultaneously improve your Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering skills!
Visit the website for a comprehensive list of virtual tours you can take! Adventure all over the world from your own home. Enjoy your travels!
Visit the Learning Resources section of the London Science Museum online and find lots of fun science experiments and activities to try at home. Ask parents first!
A fantastic website with games, activities, competitions and lots of information about the natural world.
Will Millard – Live Nature Lessons on Facebook
Will Millard is a writer, BBC presenter and expedition leader born in the Fens. He is holding live lessons three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Facebook at 10 a.m. and will answer your questions. The first lesson was all about Puffer Fish!
Just for Fun!
J.K. Rowling and her Wizarding World partners have launched Harry Potter At Home – explore the hub for a wealthy of creative and craft activities, quizzes, puzzles and more!
Even though we are unable to go to Disney World, Disney World can come to us! Click on the link to go on theme park rides from the comfort of your own home!
Check back again soon for some new and exciting ideas!